Little Candyfloss

Oriental Poppy

Denomination: 'Little Candyfloss'
Botanical Name: Papaver orientale
Applicant/Holder: Future Plants Licentie B.V.
Turfspoor 53A
2165 AW
Breeder: Hubertus Gerardus Oudshoorn, Rijpwetering, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
R.R. #2
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
Tel: 613-258-9015
Application Date: 2005-10-06
Application Number: 05-5091
Grant of Rights Date: 2011-12-12
Certificate Number: 4246
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2029-12-12

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Pink Pearl' and 'Helen Elizabeth'

Summary: The plants of 'Little Candyfloss' are shorter than the plants of the reference varieties. The stem and upper side of the leaf blade of 'Little Candyfloss' are dark green in colour while the stems and upper side of the leaf blades of the reference varieties are medium green. The peduncle of 'Little Candyfloss' is shorter than the peduncles of the reference varieties. The flower of 'Little Candyfloss' is smaller in diameter than the flower of 'Pink Pearl'. The upper side of the petal of 'Little Candyfloss' is red pink to light red pink (RHS 49A-B) while the petal of 'Pink Pearl' is light red pink to red pink (RHS 49B-C) and the petal of 'Helen Elizabeth' is light red pink (RHS 41D-49A). The petal of 'Little Candyfloss' has a band type blotch present while the petal of 'Helen Elizabeth' has no blotch.


PLANT: bushy-rounded growth habit, sparse branching
STEM: dark green, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration, absent or very weak glaucosity, medium to dense pubescence

LEAF: alternate and rosette arrangement, simple, oblanceolate, acute apex, lobed margin, medium to dense pubescence on upper side, dark green on upper side

PEDUNCLE: absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration

FLOWER: one short flowering period, early time of flowering, simple type, terminal in position, erect attitude
PETAL: very overlapping, few in number, reniform shape, upper side red pink (RHS 49A) to light red pink (RHS 49B), lower side light red pink (RHS 49B), band type petal blotch present, blotch black (RHS 202A), sinuate incisions present
FILAMENT: violet
ANTHER: violet to blackish.

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'Little Candyfloss' originated from a cross made between unnamed selections in Rijpwetering, The Netherlands in 2002. The objective of the breeding program was to create new poppy varieties with improved form and improved floral traits.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Little Candyfloss' were conducted during the summer of 2010 in Oxford Station, Ontario. Seven plants of the candidate variety, nine plants of the reference 'Pink Pearl' and ten plants of the reference variety 'Helen Elizabeth' were grown in field plots. Plants were spaced approximately 45 cm apart within the row and rows were spaced one metre apart. Observations and measurements were taken on 7 plants of the candidate variety, nine plants of the reference 'Pink Pearl' and ten plants of the reference 'Helen Elizabeth'. Colours were determined using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Little Candyfloss' with reference varieties 'Pink Pearl' and 'Helen Elizabeth'

Plant height (cm)

  'Little Candyfloss' 'Pink Pearl' 'Helen Elizabeth'
mean 35.10 48.25 48.50
std. deviation 0.98 2.19 5.50

Peduncle length (cm)

  'Little Candyfloss' 'Pink Pearl' 'Helen Elizabeth'
mean 32.30 45.40 46.50
std. deviation 1.20 2.70 4.51

Flower diameter (cm)

  'Little Candyfloss' 'Pink Pearl' 'Helen Elizabeth'
mean 7.56 10.33 8.39
std. deviation 1.16 1.08 0.61

Colour of petal (RHS)

  'Little Candyfloss' 'Pink Pearl' 'Helen Elizabeth'
upper side 49A-B 41D - 49A 49B-C
lower side 49B 49A 49B

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Little Candyfloss
Oriental Poppy: 'Little Candyfloss' (top left) with reference varieties 'Pink Pearl' (top right) and 'Helen Elizabeth' (bottom)

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